Girl Baby Name

Lilith

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Quick Facts on Lilith

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 826
Pronunciation:
LIL-ith
Simple meaning:
Night monster; Screech owl

Characteristics of Lilith

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lilith

The female name Lilith has a very interesting history (albeit negative). Then again, it’s just a matter of perspective. The name appears only briefly in the Bible (Isaiah 34:14) which in one version states “Wildcats shall meet with hyenas, / goat-demons shall call to each other; / there too Lilith shall repose, / and find a place to rest.” In the King James Version the passage is put this way: “The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest” (swapping the name Lilith with “screech owl”). Apparently, the word Lilith came to Hebrew from another now obsolete Afro-asiatic language (Akkadian) and is said to mean either “night monster” or “screech owl”. The oracle Isaiah is describing the coming of a desert wasteland which will be inherited by Lilith and other demonic outcasts after God’s judgment. In ancient Mesopotamia the Līlīṯu were female demonic spirits “of the night” who preyed upon childbearing women. In some legends, Lilith was seen as a soul-stealing night hag who terrorized children while they slept; as such, some speculate that the term “lullaby” comes from the Hebrew "Lilith-Abi" meaning “Lilith begone!” According to medieval Jewish folklore Lilith was the first wife of Adam. Like Adam, Lilith was created from the earth (unlike Eve who sprung from Adam’s rib) and, believing herself an equal, refused submission to Adam’s authority (imagine the audacity). As a result, Lilith was expelled from the Garden of Eden eventually replaced by Eve (not exactly a beacon of obedience herself). Due to the mythologies of Lilith, she has been a dark subject of many Western artistic genres ranging from paintings to gothic literature, sci-fi, horror and the occult. Although considered pretty rare, Lilith has been used occasionally among English speakers (although often as an elaboration of the ever-popular name Lily).

Popularity of the Name Lilith

In the history of the United States, Lilith has only held a position on the female naming charts since 2010 making her barely two years old. This means that prior to 2010, the name was used so rarely (probably less than 50 baby girls per year) that Lilith never appeared on the charts. Even now, Lilith is a very uncommon name – in 2011 only 279 babies received this moniker. Obviously, the reluctance to bestow Lilith upon American baby girls must have to do with the negative Biblical and/or folklore references. We should remember that the story of Lilith is only legend and myth and (we can say with confidence) most certainly not true. We like to think of Lilith as an “ancient bad girl” like Eve, Jezebel and Delilah. And you know what they say: “well-behaved women rarely make history”. Ok, so we get it. Maybe devout Jews and Christians won’t ever adopt the name Lilith, but we can imagine it being embraced by all sorts of feminists out there. After all, Lilith is the ultimate symbol of independence and gender equality; she was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice (i.e., her place in paradise) for her own self-respect. What’s wrong with that? If you can set aside your distaste for the evil demonic mythologies of Lilith, perhaps you can embrace her danger and mystery. Not surprisingly, Lilith is the name of a feminist Jewish magazine and it is also the name of a music fair celebrating female artists (see the strong woman theme here?). The name is beautiful and confident; soft, even dainty, yet decidedly strong. One part sexy temptress, two parts powerful female and a million parts rebel with a cause.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lilith
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lilith

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lilith

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lilith

    Lilith (Lilith) Lilith is the title character of Scottish writer George MacDonald’s fantasy novel, Lilith, written in 1895, a book with salvation from darkness as its central theme. The protagonist, Mr. Vane, is allowed to journey to a mysterious “other” world beyond this life, where he meets up with a band of children who will never grow up, called the Little Ones, the oldest of whom, Lona, endears herself to Vane. Entranced by them and stricken by their plight, he resolves to help them. This involves travelling to the land of Bulika, where the beautiful but duplicitous princess Lilith reigns supreme. She is actually the mother of Lona, but her heart is cold and loveless – she murders her own daughter when that daughter tries to approach her lovingly. Lilith, however, is captured and brought before Adam and Eve for judgment and punishment. She is entreated to open her hand, always gloved and clenched shut, for in it is the water that will allow the Little Ones to grow. Lilith fiercely refuses. Only after a long spiritual struggle does Lilith beg Adam to cut the offending had off for her. He does so, and thus redeemed, Lilith is able to go to sleep in anticipation of the final day and its redemption. Lilith’s hand is buried in the earth, and water gushes from the spot to nourish the Little Ones. His journey over, Mr. Vane lies down beside Lona, to sleep the expectant sleep with her, after which they will all – Lilith included – be reunited in paradise.

  • Popular Songs on Lilith

    Popular Songs on Lilith

    Heart of Lilith - a song by Inkubus Sukkubus

    Lilith Fair - a song by Debbie Zepick

    Lilywhite Lilith - a song by Genesis

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lilith

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lilith

    Lilith Fae Rowen: A fairy tale (Sherri L. Pierce) - Lilith Fae Rowen is the story of a courageous modern-day fairy with a big heart. She overcomes her fears and bullying to find her own true happiness. A story that embraces individuality and encourages positive change. Lilith Fae's tale is a sweet lesson on taking leaps of faith when conquering fear and negativity. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Lilith Grace (Cherise L. Currie) - Little Lilith changes the world from the day she is born. She is a strong, independent girl that knows exactly what she wants. She loves her dog Abby. She enjoys drawing and helping her Mom and Dad. Lilith has big plans for her future. Parents will find it very easy to make meaningful connections as Lilith brings many adventures to her parent’s days. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Lilith Summer (Hadley Irwin) - The New York Times Book Review says: “The story is warm and the writing exemplary.” Wanting to earn a ten speed bicycle, 12-year old Ellen reluctantly agrees to spend a summer as a companion to 77-year-old Lilith. A powerful friendship grows between these two intriguing characters, and both gain a deeper understanding of old age, loneliness, insecurity, and death. Recommended for ages 9-13.

  • Famous People Named Lilith

    Famous People Named Lilith

    Famous People Named Lilith - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Lilith.

  • Children of Famous People Named Lilith

    Children of Famous People Named Lilith

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Lilith - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Lilith.

  • Historic Figures

    Lilith - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lilith - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lilith.

Personality of the Girl Name Lilith

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lilith

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